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Smash burgers are a quick and fun weekday meal. The idea is simple and so is the recipe. You can learn from me how to improve your grilling skills.

smash burger recipe

Step 1: Prep the beef patties.

It’s called a smash burger because part of the recipe is smashing the ball of ground beef on the griddle. I like to start with 80/20 ground beef blend. It give the burgers enough fat for a juicy bite. I roll the ground beef into bigger than golf ball size. Do not season the meat. That will happen once the patties are flattened on the griddle.

Dad’s Seasonings

Must have grillin seasonings!

Step 2: Time to grill the smash burgers

The ideal way to cook these is on a flattop grill. If you don’t have that, you can also use a cast iron griddle. Either way, I recommend doing it outside. It will keep the mess out of your kitchen.

Start by getting the grill HOT. We want those burgers to have a nice crust and the only way to do that is to have a hot grill. While the grill is warming up, thinly slice 1 small yellow onion and set it aside.

Put the balls of meat on the grill and using a spatula smash them down! Press down hard and quick. The ball will flatten out, making a smashed patty. Season the top with Dad’s All Purpose rub and place a small amount of the onions right on top of the patty.

Grill the patty for about a minute or so, until the bottom has a nice crust. Using your spatula, flip the burger with the onions and cook the other side. The onions will cook with the meat for a tasty mix. Finally, place a slice of cheese on top of the patty. While this is cooking, take your brioche buns, butter them up and place right on the grill to toast up.

Step 3: Time to assemble

Take your toasted buns, and put ketchup and mustard on the bottom one. Add two patties right on top of that, cheese onions and all, top with a couple slices of pickles and the top bun. And just like that, you have your simple and tasty smash burger! Enjoy!

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Smash Burgers

Tasty and easy to make, smash burgers are a no brainer. Follow my easy recipe to make cheesy burgers right at home.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 People


  • 1 lb 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 4 Brioche buns
  • 8 Sliced cheese
  • 1 Small onion, thinly sliced


  • Roll 8 equal sized balls from the ground beef
  • Place the balls of beef on a HOT flattop grill and using a spatula smash them flat
  • Season the top of the smashed patties with salt and pepper
  • Add some sliced onion right on top of the patty
  • Grill until the bottom has a nice crust and then flip it over, cook an additional 1-2 minutes
  • Add a slice of cheese on top of each patty
  • Butter up the brioche buns and place alongside the patties on the grill to toast up
  • To assemble the burgers, put mustard and ketchup on the bottom bun, add 2 patties with cheese and onions, top with a few pickle slices and the top bun
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About Maciek

I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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